The toxic fumes released from burning fuels in the home result in negative environmental and health impacts.

The use of fuels like kerosene for lighting fills homes with thick plumes of toxic, black smoke. Indoor pollution like this leads to the death of 2 million people annually. Open flames also lead to many accidents resulting in severe burns, often involving children. According to the World Health Organization, there are approximately 300,000 deaths annually from fires alone, most of which occur in developing nations. Along with these health risks, the use of dirty fuels as a source of light is also a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, exacerbating global climate change.


With the installation of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system, LUTW helps to reduce the health risks that threaten families and the quantity of toxic gases that are released inside the home and in the atmosphere.

The removal of dangerous energy sources mitigates many household risks. Children are less likely to be burned by reaching up to an open-flame, people are less likely to be inflicted with respiratory illnesses, and carbon emissions are lowered. In doing so, the use of clean, efficient and affordable energy solutions improves the well-being of marginalized communities.




See the sections on Education and Economic Development or our Resources page to learn more about how access to energy changes lives.